It feels like every Christmas there’s a must-have toy for kids, and 2016 is no exception. Kids have put toys like the Hatchimal, Pie Face Showdown, and Tsum Tsum on their wish list, hoping that they’ll find them under the tree come Christmas morn. The good news for parents is that it narrows down the core toys to focus efforts on finding. Some are easier than others to locate, but the effort of the hunt doesn’t go unrewarded. There’s no greater pleasure than watching the kids unwrap presents and find out that their dreams of getting their dream toy has been rewarded. Following are three of the most popular toys for 2016.
Star Wars Merchandise
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It’s true that the Star Wars merchandising machine overdid it a little with the release of the latest movie. But a new generation of kids has fallen in love with the series just as their parents did with the original trilogy. No Star Wars toy stands out by itself this season, so why not go with the classics? Get a Millennium Falcon toy or up the ante with the Lego version and let your children have the experience of putting together one of the most well-known science fiction icons. If Lego is not something your kid is interested in, the action figures are excellent for role-playing or re-creating famous battle scenes from the movies.
Hatchimals carry with them the DNA of the Tamagotchi into a unique toy. Users have to nurture the egg and make sure it’s healthy enough to hatch. This involves patting, tapping, and moving the egg in certain ways. Once the critter hatches out of its egg, it requires care and love from its “parent” in order to get it to grow further. The Hatchimal’s eye colors change, and it makes noises to indicate its state of mind. This is a very popular toy due to its interactive qualities, and it’s not going to be cheap. Save some money with a coupon from Toys-R-Us to get a better deal on it.
Tsum Tsum, or simply Tsum, are plush toys that were made for Disney Japan. They’ve made their way to the States, and kids are going crazy for them. It’s easy to see the appeal what with their cylindrical shape and adorable yet familiar faces. Tsum are a Japanese interpretation of the well-loved Disney characters. They make for a tactile and inviting experience for younger children. Tsum also have interactive games and apps to help bring them to life. Get a coupon for Babies-R-Us to get a better deal on a Tsum Tsum or two and watch your child enjoy the magic that is Disney.
It’s sometimes a little difficult to find the toys that the kids are dreaming of getting. Perseverance is the theme of the day, but never hesitate to think outside of the box and find something that’s not so popular. It’s about the spirit of the season and giving your children memories that last.